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Clear fees owed to school

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

THE State's free education grant does not cover outstanding payments owed by parents to various schools around the country.

Education Minister Filipe Bole said those parents who owed money to schools would have to settle it themselves.

"The grants given by government for this year cannot be used to settle the debt," Mr Bole said.

"You can't owe people debt and then ignore it and just carry on," he said.

Also all primary and secondary school students whose school fees were paid in advance last year for this year can claim refunds for these payments.

Parents have to take their receipt to the respective schools and claim refunds for the amount paid.

Government has set aside $34million for 136,000 children in primary schools and the students will receive a per capita grant of $250 which will be paid directly to the school.

And $31.5m has been set aside for about 66,000 secondary school students for free education.

Each child in forms Three and Four, who currently gets $290 will receive $440 - the money will go to the schools while forms Five and Six will get $485 per student and Form Seven $610 per student.


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